Moraine Valley Community College || Health Sciences || Medical Assistant

Sleep Technology—More About the Program

Moraine Valley Community College's Sleep program allows students to learn about sleep, sleep disorders and the knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to become a sleep technologist. The curriculum includes cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology, normal and abnormal sleep, and diagnostic and therapeutic techniques performed by sleep technologists. Students also learn about sleep as a public health issue, evidence based practice and advocacy. Students gain experience performing sleep studies at a clinical setting.

This two-year program begins with the fall term and includes four semesters and one summer session. This program conducts a rigorous curriculum of lectures, labs and clinical assignments. Clinical rotations are conducted onsite at a variety of hospitals and free-standing sleep centers. Clinical rotations are 10 to 12 hour overnight assignments, with little to no flexibility in scheduling. Holding a full-time job while in the program is strongly discouraged. Completion of this program is intended to lead to employment. If you are considering transferring to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor’s degree using the courses from this program, make an appointment with an academic advisor to review your options.

Nature of work
Sleep technologists assist sleep specialists in the assessment, testing and monitoring, diagnosis, management and care of patients with sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, REM behavior disorder, narcolepsy, and insomnia. Most sleep technologists work 10 to 12 hour night shifts. This career choice should be made after careful consideration of the nature of the job and the student’s desire and ability to work the night shift. 

All health sciences programs require clinical time at various health care sites. Students will be required complete a health history and physical examination, maintain CPR health care provider status, and carry current health insurance. Students are required to complete a criminal background check and drug screen prior to clinical placement. Students with positive criminal backgrounds or drug screens may be prohibited from participating the required clinical component of the program.

This program is intended to lead to employment. If you are considering obtaining an associate's degree or transferring to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using courses from this program, make an appointment with an academic advisor to review your options.

Employment Outlook
Millions of people annually are tested in sleep centers and limited accredited educational programs exist nationwide. Employment opportunities for qualified sleep technologists are excellent.